Tokyo Movie Locations

The city itself is cinematic and is familiar even to those who have never been there; we can all picture walls of neon lights, screeching advertisements blaring from giant video screens and a… Continue reading

I <3 Chinatown

Hell Caminos show at the Loft on Friday; recovery Saturday. The Hell Caminos are a local rockabilly band that sing songs about Chinatown and half-Korean girls. I got the scoop on the local… Continue reading

“The Great Happiness Space:” A Review of a Host Documentary by a Former Hostess

The idea of a host or hostess club may sound strange to Westerners, yet Japan counts hundreds of such clubs as part of its broad mizu-shobai (nightlife) industry. The role of a host… Continue reading

Diamond Head Lighthouse

A Swedish sailor, known as “Diamond Head Charlie” raised his daughter alone here–his Hawaiian wife had died four months after childbirth. He served at the station for thirty years, until his death in… Continue reading

Eddie Went

Story at BootsnAll

Matsumoto’s on the North Shore

Only the very early or the very lucky arrive acquire a Matsumoto’s shave ice without standing in a line that stretches out the door, bumping into tourists snapping pictures of the store’s yellow… Continue reading

Nimis in Ladonia

Ladonia is a micronation within a Swedish nature reserve, founded by the artist Lars Vilks to house his two sculptures–Nimis and Arx–that had been declared illegal by the local council. To get there,… Continue reading

Visit to The Wall

Kibbutz

In the afternoon Niv took us to his kibbutz, where he and Orly grew up and his parents still live. I guess Orly hadn’t been there for years because when she saw a… Continue reading

Stockholm

The rain finally cleared and my cold finally gave me a bit of a break, so we got out and into Stockholm and the sun brightened it all up for us.  The city… Continue reading